Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
 April 2014 Events Newsletter 

Club Fair

Wednesday, April 30 from 11:00am - 1:00pm. An opportunity to meet representatives from our thirty clubs & organizations meeting at the Center to learn about their projects, activities and membership requirements. Enjoy a complimentary spaghetti luncheon provided by Debbie Suggs Catering while here. Free and open to the public. 

Bus Trip to Shatley Springs, Wilkesboro & the West Jefferson Cheese Factory

Thursday, April 24. Motor coach departs the Senior Center at 8:00am with our first stop at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro where we'll see Junior Johnson's first race car, learn more about the roots of moonshine, and explore the jail which held the infamous Tom Dooley. Then we head up into the mountains for a lunch stop at the famous Shatley Springs Inn. We'll enjoy their family-style country dining, or order off the menu (all dutch-treat - cash or check only, no credit cards), try some special water from the springs, and visit their gift shops. In the afternoon we'll stop in West Jefferson at North Carolina's only cheese factory - a good opportunity to see how cheese is made and take home gifts and samples. There will be a short time to check out a few of the shops in the town as well. We'll arrive back at the Senior Center between 5:30 and 6:00pm.


Cost is $36 per person which includes motor coach transportation, entrance to the Wilkes Heritage Museum, and gratuities. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of Salisbury.

Operation Medicine Cabinet

Saturday, April 12 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Center. Drive Up - Drop Off - and Drive Out. Drive thru the parking lot and drop off your expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications for proper disposal. A free service sponsored by Home Instead SeniorCare, the Salisbury Police Department and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in an effort to keep seniors and others safe from improper medication use, and in an effort to protect the environment from improper disposal methods. Each vehicle dropping off medications will receive a gift bag.

New Classes 

Handmade Cards -Wednesday, April 2 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor


Spring Watercolor Painting Class -  Begins Monday, April 28. For beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Mondays 9:30am - 12:30pm meeting thru June 30. Instructor will be Leslie Frontz. $36 registration fee to RCCC plus materials. Register in person at the Center between April 14-17.


Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per session payable to the instructor.   Pre-registration is not required.

New Computer Classes

Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four people is necessary to hold a computer class.

Social Networking: Thursday-Friday, April 3-4 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Learn how to keep in touch with friends on your computer through Facebook or Twitter. Follow hobbies on Pinterest or keep up with co-workers on LinkedIn. We will look at popular social networking sites and get you started in your areas of interest. Fee is $10.


Word Processing: Wednesday-Thursday, April 9-10 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Learn how to use Microsoft Word to write minutes or letters, create flyers, or do a newsletter. Fee is $10.


Navigating the Internet: Wednesday-Thursday, April 16-17 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Wanting to explore the internet but still feel a little scared to take that first step? Come on in and we will travel to some popular (and safe) sites you can visit. Learn how to know a site is safe along with other valuable tips for your on-line travels. If the class wants, we will develop a list of some of our favorite sites. Fee is $10.

Outdoor Adventure Club Picnic Hike

Friday, April 11 at 11:30am at the Salisbury Community Park.   Walk the trail around the lake (apx. 1.5 miles), stop at the picnic area for lunch, and to discuss plans for the May trip. Then those who wish to stay and who have hiking shoes with ankle support may walk the trail through the woods. BRING A BAG LUNCH AND WATER. Meet at Salisbury Community Park, 935 Hurley School Road, in the parking lot near the lake trail entrance. This new club is open to anyone age 55 or older. There is no cost to participate in this outing. To register for this activity please call 704-216-7714.

Water Yoga - Beginner Level

Mondays and Thursdays starting Monday April 7 from 6-6:45 pm. Improve flexibility and Strength through a combination of tai chi and yoga moves in the pool.   Come meet some new friends. The cost is $20 a month.   Must be a member of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and receive a fitness consult from one of the Center's fitness trainers to enroll.  

On-Going Exercise Program Opportunitiese Class Openings

One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.

Women's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, April 2 at 1:00 pm. This month's topic will be "A Healthy Weigh to Weight Loss" presented by Valerie Velte, RN from Novant Health. Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to women's health or fitness. This program is sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, and is open to all women age 55 or older.

Men's Health & Fitness Club Meeting

Wednesday, April 9 at 1:00 pm. This month Dennis Sipps from Health Solutions Unlimited will present a healthy cooking demonstration. Members will get to sample the food. Each meeting features a guest speaker or fun activity related to men's health or fitness.   This program is sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. No registration is necessary.

Blood Pressure Screenings

Wednesday, April 2 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball.  

A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Chair Massage

Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT.  Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-640-3718.

Monthly Movie

Wednesday, April 23 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "The Great Gatsby," with Leonardo DiCaprio, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).

Club Meetings This Monthtober Club tings


TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:00am

Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am

Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am

Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm except April 18

Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, April 3 at 10:00am

AARP Chapter - Thursday, April 3 at 12:30pm

Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, April 4 at 10:30am

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, April 7 at 8:30am

Ambassadors Club - Monday, April 7 at noon

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, April 9 at 2:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, April 10 at 9:00am

Walk-abouts - Thursday, April 10 at 1:00pm

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, April 10 at 6:30pm

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, April 14 at 2:00pm

Rowan Amateur Radio Society - Monday, April 14 at 7:00pm

Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday, April 17 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, April 17 at 7:00pm

Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, April 21 at 10:00am

NARFE - Monday, April 21 at 1:00pm

Rowan County Council on Aging - Thursday, April 24 at 1:00pm

Olde Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, April 28 at 6:30pm


Lunch Clubs

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.

"Are You Okay?" Service

Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.

Monthly Grief Support Group

Wednesday, April 2 at 9:00am. Grief support group sessions provide opportunities for people who have experienced the death of a loved one to meet others who are experiencing similar losses. Members come together to normalize and validate their experiences of grief, to find strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE.   Pre-registration is not required.

Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group

Thursday, April 24 at 5:30pm. The monthly meeting features a light meal with an expert speaker in the Alzheimer's arena who will discuss specific topics and answer questions. There is also an opportunity for roundtable discussions of caregiver needs. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, Carillon Assisted Living, Lutheran Senior Services, and Magnolia Gardens Extended Care Community. For additional information contact Teresa Dakins at 704-788-3399.

Assistance with Hearing Needs

For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.

Legal Assistance

Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc).  The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging.  For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.

AARP Tax-Aide Program

Tuesdays thru April 15, at the Senior Center with a previous appointment. Free one-to-one assistance for moderate or low income persons in completing simple federal and state income tax returns. Sponsored by AARP with trained volunteers. Morning and afternoon appointments available each month. Call 704-216-7714 to schedule an appointment. At the time of appointment, persons should bring with them a copy of their 2012 completed returns, any statements of earnings or income received for 2013, their Social Security card, and a photo identification. Call for more information.

Veterans' Services

The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officer Elaine Howle is available to meet with Rowan County veterans to assist them in applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they are legally entitled. For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.

Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance

Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will be available on the third Wednesday of each month  from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.

Gold Cards

Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall school events.

Insurance Information Program Assistance

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.

General Information & Assistance

Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults.  If you have a need, call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. 

Nominations for "Service to Seniors" Awards

The Rowan County Council on Aging is seeking nominations for individual volunteers of all ages, and community organizations, that have shown "exemplary service" to older adults in our community. Winners selected by the Council will be honored at a special banquet to be held in May. Nomination forms can be obtained at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, or on the Center's website at   The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 4.

Nominations for Senior Worker Award

The Rowan County Council on Aging is seeking nominations for older workers in the community who demonstrate exceptional work habits, and serve as role models in the workplace. Nominees must work in Rowan County and be at least 55 years of age. A winner will be selected by the Council to be honored at a special banquet to be held in May, and will be submitted for a state award. Nomination forms can be obtained at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center or on the Center's website at   The deadline for submitting a nomination is April 4.

This 'n That

The Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Board of Directors will meet on Wednesday, April 16 at 9:45am. Meetings are open to the general public.


Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50. 


SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on Friday, April 4  from 8:30am-11:30am.

Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.

BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to "Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.

"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio. 



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